Tuesday April 5, 2005 6:42 pm
MTV Overdrive Broadband Video Service
MTV has launched a beta version of their new broadband digital entertainment service called MTV Overdrive. Using the service, you are able to download the latest news, music, live performances, short form shows and music videos directly to your PC. All of the media is DRM protected. As the site describes:
The videos on MTV Overdrive are encoded in Microsoft Windows Media 10 format to insure the maximum possible video quality. In order to offer you a broad selection of full-length music videos on-demand and free of charge, MTV Overdrive uses Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) to protect the videos from unauthorized re-distribution. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Windows Media Player Plug-in for Macintosh does not currently support DRM. When DRM support becomes available for Macintosh, MTV Overdrive will work to support Macintosh.
So, Mac users are going to have to look elsewhere for now. Still, it is always cool to see more services offering free video content. One other negative - the service mus tbe used with Internet Explorer, as Firefox is not compatible.
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